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Bernstein: Arias & Barcarolles / Thomas, Von Stade, Hampson


Release Date: 07/23/1996 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 439926   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Frederica Von StadeSimon CarringtonThomas HampsonNeil Percy
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Further proof that, despite the riches of the conducting legacy, Bernstein should have found time to compose more. Only he had such confident access to so many veins of inspiration, coupled with the invention to make them his own and the sheer chutzpah to be so shamelessly, but so successfully, eclectic. I’ve long judged Arias and Barcarolles a winner on the basis of the original piano-duet version. That glorious recording (on Koch International) is not superseded by this one but the orchestration opens up the work magnificently. It’s a suite of songs much concerned with family life (a bit elusive for Lenny), a musical journey from Berg to Broadway, phrases that can haunt you for days, a hummed epilogue which is the ‘Gymnopédie’ Read more Satie never quite wrote. With two soloists, conductor and orchestra so closely associated with the composer, this performance couldn’t be bettered. How good, too, to have the Suite from A Quiet Place, making available some of the most sumptuous, jazzy, witty, listener-friendly music from the opera. Adding the West Side Story Dances was an act of generosity. I loved this disc.
Performance: 5 (out of 5) Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- David Wilkins, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Arias and Barcarolles by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano), Simon Carrington (Baritone), Thomas Hampson (Baritone),
Neil Percy (Voice)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 33 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Orchestrated: Bruce Coughlin 
2.
A Quiet Place: Suite by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: This suite was created by Sid Ramin and Michael Tilson Thomas with the assistance of Micahel Barrett. 
3.
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1993 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal (under Bernstein's supervision) 

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